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Vikki Petraitis





Vikki Petraitis is a true crime writer.

Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime since the early 1990s and her best selling book about Frankston serial killer, Paul Denyer, was one of the first books of this kind and widened the readership for true crime stories in Australia. It is being re-released in 2011. A number of Vikki’s true crime stories have been made into TV episodes of Forensic Investigators and Sensing Murder.

Vikki’s latest book is Salvation – the true story of Rod Braybon’s fight for justice, which has prompted the Homicide Squad to look into allegations of missing children from the 1950s.

After winning the Scarlet Stiletto Award for the best new talent in crime fiction, she has completed her first novel due out early next year – about a funny Gen Y teacher detective called The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly.

In September 1986, a young farmhand called Beth Barnard is found murdered in her home on Phillip Island – an idyllic community known more for its penguin parade than murder. The plot thickens when detectives remove the doona covering her body and find a huge letter A carved into her chest…

Following the success of Forensics, Vikki Petraitis writes in-depth investigation stories about four of Australia’s most notorious cases, including the Russell Street bombing.

A fingerprint identifies a serial poisoner, a strange indentation in a caravan panel proves a hit-run driver's guilt, and a mass DNA screening flushes out a brutal criminal.

In 1993, the unthinkable happened – a serial killer began killing young women on the streets around Frankston. Read the incredible story about the hunt and capture of Paul Denyer, the 21-year-old responsible, and the lives that were ruined as a result of his crimes.


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Brave New World Sun, 10/09/2011 - 9:30am